Arts & Entertainment

Canberra’s best coverage of local arts news plus reviews, including dining, film, theatre, music, visual arts and dance

Tearful show recreates tension

EVERY school holidays local actor Leith Arundel appears in two moving performances: “Last Letters” and “Radio Silence” at the Australian War Memorial, presenting the...

The brave world of Sister Beryl

SISTER Beryl Chandler, of Longreach, Queensland, joined the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service (RAAFNS) in May, 1942. Her memoirs, now housed at the Australian...

Nurses who helped save a nation

THE Australian War Memorial’s latest exhibition, “Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan”, explores the personal stories of Australian military nurses, from the first known Australian...

Christmas Eve at the Carillon

THE 11th Annual Christmas Eve at the Carillon concert will be performed on Saturday featuring a range of Christmas music performed by local carillonists,...

Review: Melancholia (M) ? ? ?

QUIRKY, idiosyncratic film-maker Lars von Trier obviously feels satisfied that he has brought “Melancholia” to the stage where it is fit for others to...

Review: The Women On The Sixth Floor (PG) ? ? ?

WRITER/director Phillipe Le Guay goes back to the 1960s to tell how stockbroker Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) discovers the not-unpleasant world beyond the compulsion to...

Review: Dolphin Tale (PG) ? ? ?

POTTING for crustaceans is a selective commercial fishing method that normally takes only the target species. But after one dolphin entangled itself in a...

A world of dazzling glumness

MUSIC “Ten Long Years in the Saddle” Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen The Street Theatre until December 11. Reviewed by Bill Stephens THIS extraordinary ensemble of glum,...

Arts in the city: Three big cheers for everything art!

IT’S time to applaud triumphs on the arts scene... • THE Capital Arts Patrons Organisation’s annual gala auction raised close to $60,000 towards CAPO’s program...

When ‘Love’ can’t find its balance

OPERA “Elixir of Love” Canberra Opera Workshop. ANU Arts Centre, season closed. Reviewed by Ian McLean THE standard of musical theatre in Canberra is excellent as highlighted...

Wayne and those legs to die for!

“I’M a bit too old to dance,” singer Wayne Rogers is telling me, “I’m a trained dancer, but I wouldn’t call what I do...

Fit and frantic, it’s ‘LazyTown’

THE international children’s television show “Christmas in LazyTown Live!” is coming to town in a 55-minute stage version. Created by Icelandic writer and producer Magnus...

Show and a (complete) meal

DECEMBER is Christmas at Teatro Vivaldi and the place is decorated from top to bottom, with “tis-the-season” baubles mixed in with a collection of...

Review: New Year’s Eve (M) ? ? ?

MODEST folk, New Yorkers. They celebrate New Year’s Eve as if they had copyright on it. That’s the ambience of the film that Garry Marshall has...

Review: Puss in Boots (G) ? ? ?

WILL Davies’ story for this kind-of prequel to the “Shrek” films ignores no possible source of inspiration, be it Mother Goose and her book...

A first bite of Weihnachtsmarkt in Canberra

For the first time, Canberrans are able to celebrate Christmas in the spirit of Europe’s famous "Weihnachtsmarkt ". Weihnachtsmarkt, in German, is an open market...

Beauty in the eye of the dancers

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre’s Fresh Funk dance production is always one of the most popular acts in town. Its newest end-of-semester Blockbuster, “Beastly Beauty”, will feature...

Arts in the City: Arts czars promise big, bold forum

• NEWS has arrived that several of our arts czars (and czarinas) have formed a new voice, “The Childers Group”. Chief czar and chair...

A lot of Italy to love

SO you’ve never been to Italy, but you’ve always wanted to go? No problem. The National Gallery of Australia has an instant solution in its...

Janet’s world of local produce

JANET Jeffs puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to growing, promoting and using local produce. Her dedication to the quality growers...




Go native for a splash of winter colour

The range of native plants in flower during the colder months puts a lie to the idea that winter gardens lack interest, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.


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